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Best Banoffee Pie Recipe

Banoffee Pie Recipe: with toffee made from condensed milk, bananas, and whipped cream combined into a pie this dessert is rich and delicious.
Banoffee Pie Recipe: with toffee made from condensed milk, bananas, and whipped cream combined into a pie this dessert is rich and delicious.

This Banoffee Pie Recipe is rich and sweet and delicious.  This is the perfect dessert for banana lovers, and a favourite at our house.  Banoffee pie gets its name from a combination of bananas and toffee, yum. The pie has a pie crust made from graham crackers.  This buttery crispy base is perfect for this dessert and contrasts with the rich and creamy sweet caramel toffee, fresh bananas and whipped cream topping.

Banoffee Pie is very popular in Ireland and also a classic British dessert, and after you taste it, you’ll know why. It’s the perfect dessert for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  But this dessert is a great one to enjoy any time of year.  Make it for a dinner party or any special occassion.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

This pie has a crunchy graham cracker crust.  It’s the perfect crunchy contrast to the smooth and creamy filling inside.  We used graham cracker crumbs to make ours, but if you are starting out with graham crackers you can make them into fine crumbs in your food processor or even by placing them into a ziplock bag and using a rolling pin to crush them.  If you prefer you can use digestive biscuits to make a biscuit base for tis pie.

Banoffee Pie Recipe

Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel

The star ingredient to this delicious pie is the homemade caramel toffee layer.  It’s made by boiling a tin of condensed milk.

To make the caramel, you start out with a can of sweetened condensed milk. The caramel is made by boiling an UN-OPENED can in water for about 3 hours. Just peel off the can label and submerge in a large pot of water, remember to top up the water every so often to ensure the can remains covered. 

The can of condensed milk can explode if the pot boils dry. I’ve never had any trouble with it, but do be careful, and make sure to keep checking the water levels over the 3 hours by setting your timer.

After the unopened can of condensed milk boils for 3 hours, it slowly cooks into an amazing thick and sweet caramel, which makes the perfect toffee filling for our banoffee pie.

Some people like to use two cans of condensed milk to make the caramel pie filling, but I think one is perfect. It might seem like a thin layer, but it’s so, so rich that you really don’t want too much filling.

If you want an very easy banoffee pie recipe you can use store-bought dulce de leche.  These tins have already been made into caramel and it enables you to skip the step of boiling the can.  It’s a great time saver, and perfect for anyone who is a bit nervous about boiling the sealed can.  Look for it in the same section where the sweetened condensed milk tins are in grocery stores.

boiled sweetened condensed milk

Bananas

It wouldn’t be a delicious banoffee pie, without the banana layer.  Be sure to use ripe bananas and slice them into even pieces.  Some People like to add some lemon juice to the banana slices to help keep them from turning brown, but we’ve found layering them between the caramel layer and the whip cream keeps them from oxidizing so the the lemon juice isn’t necessary.  Do work quickly on this step to keep them from turning brown while you’re working.

how to make Banoffee Pie

Whipped Cream

This pie is topped with homemade whipped cream.  It is a really delicious addition to the pie.  In contrast to the thick, rich, heavy caramel filling the whipped cream offers a different texture and lightens up the dish.  You could use a whipped topping like cool whip in place of homemade whipped cream, but we much prefer the fresh taste of whipped cream.  It’s quite easy to make with a stand mixer or an electric mixer, and worth the effort because of how great the taste is.  

Chocolate 

This pie is traditionally topped off with some chocolate curls, or grated chocolate over the top.  Use your favourite good quality chocolate for the topping.  We used milk chocolate, but if you prefer dark chocolate you can use it instead.  The pie is very sweet from the caramel filling already, so the dark chocolate would be a good contrast with the sweet..

Yield: 1 pie

Banoffee Pie Recipe

Banoffee Pie Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 300 mL can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 237 mL whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • chocolate shavings

Instructions

    1. In a large pot fully submerge an unopened sealed can of sweetened condensed milk with the label removed. Boil for 3 hours. Add water as needed to keep the can fully submerged, and be sure to check the water levels regularly. Note that if the pan boils dry the can could explode, so take care to keep checking the water levels over the 3 hours.
    2. In a pie plate combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup of sugar, and melted butter. Stir to combine and then use the back of a spoon to press them into the pie dish evenly on the bottom and sides to form a pie crust. Bake the pie crust at 375 F for 7 minutes.
    3. Add the sweetened condensed milk that's been boiled into toffee to the pie crust in an even layer.
    4. Add a layer of banana slices on top of the caramel layer.
    5. To whip the cream place it in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on high until soft peaks form. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the whipped cream on top of the bananas.
    6. Sprinkle the grated chocolate on top of the pie. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 6g

Store your banoffee pie in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

This traditional English dessert is such a favourite.  It’s also very popular in Ireland and perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or anytime.

banana toffee pie

With this sweet homemade banoffee pie for St. Patrick’s Day, life really is a party!

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